As part of our effort to promote and encourage sportsmanship in the community, the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship is presented annually to graduating high school seniors from the St. Louis metro area who embody outstanding sportsmanship. The scholarship recognizes individuals who exemplify honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class in athletic competition. Candidates are evaluated strictly on their approach, character and respect for others on the playing field. Athletic performance (wins and other stats) does not factor in the selection – making this scholarship truly unique.
Launched in 2009 by the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates – the Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the group raises funds for the program and selects its own recipients. Over the past ten years, $112,500 in academic scholarships have been awarded to 36 college-bound students.
Help us celebrate sportsmanship by nominating a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition. View the bios of past recipients to see the type of attributes and actions the scholarship committee seeks to recognize.2019 Recipients View Previous Recipients
Macie Farrier is the recipient of the top Sportsmanship Scholarship award from the Sports Commission Associates in 2019. Fort Zumwalt East’s basketball and track and field captain will use the $10,000 top award to continue her studies at Maryville University. Macie’s high school career includes being a two-time winner of the sportsmanship award in her basketball conference. She also garnered a reputation for respecting referees and opponents as well as caring for injured opponents. One situation involved a player from an opposing team who suffered a seizure during a basketball tournament. Fort Zumwalt East played the same team a week later. Macie’s athletic director and basketball coach described her actions toward the previously injured player at the return contest. “When our team arrived, Macie made a point to go right up to that player who had the seizure the week before and asked how she was doing and that she and her teammates had been thinking about her.”
A former basketball coach of Macie’s discussed a situation where other athletes may have had a hard time maintaining their composure. The incident took place after the coach had taken a new job at rival Fort Zumwalt South. “Early in the second quarter, Macie had the ball stolen and, in her attempt to get it back, knocked the player over, and immediately helped her up. As the student section chanted against me, Macie stood in line first to shake my hand.”
Macie’s coaches characterized her as a four-sport athlete whose compassion has always outweighed her competitiveness. Macie confirmed their assessment by saying, “I embrace the honor of being an athlete with integrity by caring and demonstrating respect for all people involved. You will find me cheering on other athletes. I have developed many friendships with competitors, coaches, and referees throughout my athletic career.” Macie embodies the principle that everyone deserves respect regardless of the uniform they wear or the role they play.
The athletic director at John Burroughs said the following about Ben Cummings. “He is a ‘glue-guy’ who does all the little things that honors competition, honors opponents, honors process and honors the spirit of the game.” With a sports resume that includes football, soccer, basketball and golf, Ben understands that people are more important than awards and relationships are far more valuable than recognition. During a district golf match, Ben’s opponent scored an 11 on a hole, which is a devastating score in a crucial match. Ben took the time to console his opponent and tell him about how he scored an 11 just a year earlier at State. The strength and skill athletes gain from sports can be used to hold others down or to lift them up. Ben chose the latter.
His soccer coach expressed a similar sentiment about Ben after a John Burroughs win. While his teammates displayed a natural joy and euphoria over the victory, Ben showed empathy toward his defeated opponent. The coach said, “Upon inquiring about the nature of their conversation, Ben later told me he was simply letting the opposing player know how much he had enjoyed the years of competition with this school. And that his thoughts were with him and his teammates as this was likely their final home game ever and the end of their season and career was upon them. Ben Cummings exemplifies the sportsmanship and passion for the game we hope many players in the future emulate.” Ben will continue his studies at the University of Wisconsin.
Arielle Adams understands the meaning of sportsmanship. The Hazelwood Central senior said, “The character you exhibit in settings that involve others will not just read as ‘your’ character, but it will reflect on the team’s character as a whole.” Regardless if I have taken home a win or a loss, I have always made sure to exude the same positive energy I would want to feel if the tables were turned.” Competitive dance and tennis are worlds apart athletically, but Arielle knows that respect and fair play are key to success in both. Hazelwood Central’s tennis coach said, “In tennis, the students have to be their own referees. Arielle consistently made good calls to determine if the balls were in or out and I was never asked to be a line judge in her matches. If there was a dispute on the court, Arielle would always be the one with a great attitude, redo the point, and gently remind them of the rules if they were less-experienced players.”
In competitive dance, opponents do not share the stage, so sportsmanship is often displayed backstage, in dressing rooms or in other common areas. Arielle’s dance coach said of her, “Our competitive group has received the sportsmanship award numerous times in the years Arielle has been on the team, and she has been an integral part in acquiring these awards. She has always done a good job of preserving the expected values amongst the younger dancers, as well as setting a positive example for dancers her same age.” Arielle’s actions line up with the principles she professes. She is a good sport and acts like one. Arielle will continue her studies at Southeast Missouri State University.
“Shea has demonstrated a track record of sportsmanship by being recognized by players of the opposing team for her civility and kindness,” Hillsboro’s volleyball coach said of varsity captain Shea Luby. With a body of work that goes back to middle school, Shea embodies the principles necessary for a Sportsmanship Scholarship recipient. The volleyball coach went on to describe Shea’s selflessness in greater detail. “Before playing in the Seckman volleyball tournament this season, we learned of the passing of one of the players from one of the opposing teams. Shea, along with her teammates, wanted to do something to show their sympathy and compassion to the other team. They made volleyballs with encouraging notes on them and handed them to the opposing team as they clapped under the net after the match.”
Hillsboro’s assistant principal has also taken notice of Shea’s positive behavior. “At the end of one particular volleyball competition, I observed Shea going through the handshake line. Not only did she make eye contact with every player and coach on the opposing team, she spoke to each of them as she passed. Win or lose, she holds her head up and deliberately makes contact with each player and coach. Sometimes, she gives the opposing team’s players a compliment, a word of encouragement, or a hug. This is the epitome of sportsmanship and class.” Whether it’s on the court, in school or as a member of the larger community, Shea conducts herself with integrity and a humble spirit. Shea will continue her studies at Central Methodist University.
The way Jalen White views his sports participation is akin to the Golden Rule. The St. Louis University High senior said, “Competition is healthy, but you should still treat others how you would like to be treated.” Jalen is described as a servant-leader by his teachers and coaches, which means he leads by serving others, by giving them what they need to succeed. There was no greater example of Jalen’s servant-leadership than in a track meet in which he lent his starting blocks to a sprinter on an opposing team. The sprinter had forgotten his starting blocks, which put him at a disadvantage during the race. Sprinters without blocks must start from a “stagger” position, which is almost like standing up. Blocks allow sprinters to have a more explosive start and potentially run a better time. Jalen not only allowed the opposing sprinter to use his blocks, he held them in place, so the sprinter could get the best start possible. This is almost unheard of in track and field because placing in early heats is based on time. The sprinter Jalen helped could not only have knocked Jalen out of contention, but several of his teammates as well. It’s the kind of display that shows Jalen cared more about the person than his placing.
St. Louis University High’s track coach delved further into Jalen’s character. “I always saw him reach out to competitors from other schools. If he was in the lead, he would not flaunt it in the face of the competition. And if someone passed him, he would not only congratulate the opponent, he would be genuinely happy for them.” Jalen’s compassion starts quicker than his sprint and his humility extends farther than he can jump. Jalen will continue his studies at Morehouse College.